Response to Change: Reaction to Change

Reaction to Change - you put resources toward structures and short term solutions that use a lot of energy (positive energy of responders and negative energy of resisters).

Churches who react notice the big changes (usually problems) in their community or even amongst their members and want to do something. Emergency meetings, task forces, action teams mobilize resources without engaging the whole congregation, putting a lot of energy toward solving those problems. The teams often succeed, and then they relax.

Then something else pops up, and they solve that problem, too, using energy and funds and being rewarded by short-term success once again.

Churches who react know it is important to live out their faith in changing times. They creatively adopt solutions to problems, hoping their church life will return afterward to a status quo that they recognize, in the company of the people they already love, much the way a dieter stops eating fatty foods in order to reach a goal, hoping to be able to go back to eating those foods afterward but expecting to stay slim. But after each congregational reaction time, some people peel away from the edges, and members feel diminished, pared away, little by little, without ever knowing exactly why. After awhile, another challenge arises and they either spring into reaction once again or go into denial.

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